SPS 131.32(7)(a)9. 9. The functionality of the power sources for smoke detectors.
SPS 131.32(7)(b) (b) A home inspector is not required to do any of the following:
SPS 131.32(7)(b)1. 1. Insert any tool, probe or testing device inside the panels.
SPS 131.32(7)(b)2. 2. Test or operate any over current device except ground fault circuit interrupters.
SPS 131.32(7)(b)3. 3. Dismantle any electrical device or control other than to remove the covers of the main and auxiliary distribution panels.
SPS 131.32(7)(b)4. 4. Observe low voltage systems, telephones, security systems, cable TV, intercoms, or other ancillary wiring that is not a part of the primary electrical distribution systems.
SPS 131.32(7)(b)5. 5. Measure amperage, voltage or impedance.
SPS 131.32(8) (8) Interiors.
SPS 131.32(8)(a)(a) A home inspector shall observe and describe the condition of all of the following:
SPS 131.32(8)(a)1. 1. Walls, ceilings and floors.
SPS 131.32(8)(a)2. 2. Steps, stairways, balconies and railings.
SPS 131.32(8)(a)3. 3. Counters and all sink base cabinets.
SPS 131.32(8)(a)4. 4. A random sample of doors and windows.
SPS 131.32(8)(a)5. 5. Separation walls, ceilings, and doors between a dwelling unit and an attached garage or another dwelling unit.
SPS 131.32(8)(a)6. 6. Signs of water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components.
SPS 131.32(8)(b) (b) A home inspector is not required to observe any of the following:
SPS 131.32(8)(b)1. 1. Paint, wallpaper, and other cosmetic finish treatments on the interior walls, ceilings and floors.
SPS 131.32(8)(b)2. 2. Carpeting.
SPS 131.32(8)(b)3. 3. Draperies, blinds or other window treatments.
SPS 131.32(8)(b)4. 4. Household appliances.
SPS 131.32(8)(b)5. 5. Recreational facilities or another dwelling unit.
SPS 131.32(9) (9) Heating systems.
SPS 131.32(9)(a)(a) A home inspector shall observe and describe the condition of all of the following within a permanently installed heating system:
SPS 131.32(9)(a)1. 1. Heating equipment and distribution systems.
SPS 131.32(9)(a)2. 2. Normal operating controls and energy source.
SPS 131.32(9)(a)3. 3. Automatic safety controls.
SPS 131.32(9)(a)4. 4. Exterior surfaces of chimneys, flues and vents.
SPS 131.32(9)(a)5. 5. Solid fuel heating devices.
SPS 131.32(9)(a)6. 6. The presence of an installed heat source in each room.
SPS 131.32(9)(b) (b) A home inspector shall operate the systems using normal operating controls and open readily accessible access panels provided by the manufacturer or installer for routine homeowner maintenance.
SPS 131.32(9)(c) (c) A home inspector is not required to do any of the following:
SPS 131.32(9)(c)1. 1. Operate heating systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage.
SPS 131.32(9)(c)2. 2. Operate automatic safety controls.
SPS 131.32(9)(c)3. 3. Ignite or extinguish fuel fires.
SPS 131.32(9)(c)4. 4. Observe the interior of flues, fireplace insert flue connectors, humidifiers, electronic air filters, or the uniformity or adequacy of heat supply to the various rooms.
SPS 131.32(9)(c)5. 5. Observe a heat exchanger unless it is readily observable and normally accessible to an occupant of a dwelling unit.
SPS 131.32(10) (10) Central air conditioning.
SPS 131.32(10)(a) (a) A home inspector shall observe and describe the condition of all of the following:
SPS 131.32(10)(a)1. 1. Cooling and air handling equipment, including type and energy source.
SPS 131.32(10)(a)2. 2. Normal operating controls.
SPS 131.32(10)(a)3. 3. The presence of an installed cooling source in each room.
SPS 131.32(10)(b) (b) A home inspector shall operate the systems, using normal operating controls, and open readily accessible access panels provided by the manufacturer or installer for routine homeowner maintenance.
SPS 131.32(10)(c) (c) A home inspector is not required to do any of the following:
SPS 131.32(10)(c)1. 1. Operate cooling systems when weather conditions or other circumstances may cause equipment damage.
SPS 131.32(10)(c)2. 2. Observe non-central air conditioners.
SPS 131.32(10)(c)3. 3. Observe the uniformity or adequacy of cool-air supply to the various rooms.
SPS 131.32(10)(c)4. 4. Operate electronic air filters.
SPS 131.32(10)(c)5. 5. Observe the pressure of the system coolant or determine the presence of leakage.
SPS 131.32(10)(c)6. 6. Test the electrical current drawn by the unit.
SPS 131.32(11) (11) Insulation and ventilation.
SPS 131.32(11)(a) (a) A home inspector shall observe and describe the condition of all of the following:
SPS 131.32(11)(a)1. 1. The presence or absence of insulation in unfinished spaces.
SPS 131.32(11)(a)2. 2. Ventilation of attics and foundation areas.
SPS 131.32(11)(a)3. 3. Kitchen, bathroom, and laundry venting systems.
SPS 131.32(11)(b) (b) A home inspector is not required to observe any of the following:
SPS 131.32(11)(b)1. 1. Concealed insulation.
SPS 131.32(11)(b)2. 2. Venting equipment which is integrated with household appliances.
SPS 131.32 History History: Cr. Register, July, 1999, No. 523, eff. 8-1-99; CR 14-010: renum. 131.32 from SPS 134.03 Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9-1-14.
SPS 131.33 SPS 131.33Contents of a home inspection report.
SPS 131.33(1)(1)After completing a home inspection, a home inspector shall submit a written report to a client that does all of the following:
SPS 131.33(1)(a) (a) Lists the items described in s. SPS 131.32 that a home inspector is required to inspect.
SPS 131.33(1)(b) (b) Lists the items described in s. SPS 131.32 that a home inspector has inspected.
SPS 131.33(1)(c) (c) Describes the condition of any item identified in s. SPS 131.32.
SPS 131.33(1)(d) (d) Describes any defect that is detected by the home inspector identified in s. SPS 131.32 that, if not repaired, will have significant adverse effect on the life expectancy of the identified item.
SPS 131.33(1)(e) (e) Lists any material adverse facts that a home inspector has knowledge of or has observed.
SPS 131.33(2) (2)A home inspector is not required to report on any of the following aspects of items identified in s. SPS 131.32:
SPS 131.33(2)(a) (a) Their life expectancy.
SPS 131.33(2)(b) (b) The reason for the necessity of a major repair.
SPS 131.33(2)(c) (c) The method of making any repair or correction, the materials needed for any repair or correction, or the cost of any repair or correction.
SPS 131.33(2)(d) (d) The suitability for any specialized use of an improvement to residential real property.
SPS 131.33(2)(e) (e) Whether they comply with applicable regulatory requirements.
SPS 131.33(2m) (2m)   A home inspector is not required to use the term “defect” in describing a defect in the written home inspection report described in this section.
SPS 131.33(3) (3)A home inspector may not report in writing or verbally on any of the following:
SPS 131.33(3)(a) (a) The market value or marketability of a property.
SPS 131.33(3)(b) (b) Whether a property should be purchased.
SPS 131.33(3m) (3m)   A home inspector may not use the term “defect” in the written home inspection report described in this section unless that use is consistent with s. SPS 131.02 (6m).
SPS 131.33(4) (4)A home inspector is not required to retain inspectors or investigators to perform follow-up inspections or investigations of any material adverse facts that a home inspector has knowledge of or has observed under sub. (1) (d).
SPS 131.33 History History: Cr. Register, July, 1999, No. 523, eff. 8-1-99; correction in (1) (a), (b), (c), (d), (2) (intro.) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2011 No. 671; CR 14-010: renum. 131.33 from SPS 134.04 and am. (1) (a), (b) Register August 2014 No. 704, eff. 9-1-14; corrections in (1) (c), (d), (2) (intro.) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register August 2014 No. 704; EmR1822: emerg. am. (1) (d), cr. (2m), (3m) eff. 9-23-18; CR 18-076: am. (1) (d), cr. (2m), (3m) Register May 2019 No. 761, eff. 6-1-19.
subch. V of ch. SPS 131 Subchapter V — Continuing Education Requirements
SPS 131.41 SPS 131.41Continuing education requirements for registration renewal.
SPS 131.41(1)(1)Except as provided in sub. (2), every registered home inspector shall complete a minimum of 40 continuing education credit hours during each biennial registration period.
SPS 131.41(2) (2)A registrant is not required to complete continuing education credit hours between initial registration and the first registration renewal period.
SPS 131.41(3)(a)(a) If a registrant fails to satisfy the continuing education requirements provided in sub. (1) within a biennial registration period, continuing education credit hours acquired on or after December 15 of any even-numbered year will be first applied to the preceding biennium until the requirement is fulfilled. Continuing education credit hours may not apply to more than one biennium.
SPS 131.41(3)(b) (b) A registrant who fails to meet the continuing education requirements provided in sub. (1) by December 14 of any even-numbered year may not engage in the practice of home inspection until the registration is renewed, except as provided in s. SPS 131.45.
SPS 131.41(4) (4)Continuing education credit hours shall be obtained through any of the following means:
SPS 131.41(4)(a) (a) Attending seminars, corporate in-house courses, workshops, or professional or technical presentations made at meetings, conventions, or conferences meeting the requirements of s. SPS 131.42. Attendance may be in person or via remote classroom where a provider is available to participate to comment and answer questions.
SPS 131.41(4)(b) (b) Teaching a continuing education training program. Fifty minutes of actual instruction is equivalent to one continuing education credit hour. No additional continuing education credit hours will be granted for subsequent presentations of identical material.
SPS 131.41(4)(c) (c) Participating in a continuing education training program that does not meet in person including the completion of interactive short courses or tutorials, delivery of educational programs and courses on CD-ROM or the Internet, webinars, or correspondence courses.
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